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Some Exciting Announcements!

A couple of announcements! This month marks the end of 4 school sessions at American Public University. Each session is two months long, and in that time I’ve passed 6 classes. Some of the preliminary courses are officially out of the way and I’ll be beginning more “fun” topics within the coming year. I made… Continue reading Some Exciting Announcements!

Traveling Tidbits

Dining At Oak Alley

While you’re at Oak Alley, enjoying the history and beauty of the estate, be sure to make time for a meal at the Oak Alley Restaurant. Past the slave quarter exhibit is an iron fence, separating the estate from the rest of the compound. Beyond there are a set of buildings. On the left hand… Continue reading Dining At Oak Alley

Story of Slavery, Traveling Tidbits

A Stroll Down The Allée – Oak Alley Plantation

There are a number of images that go hand-in-hand with anyone’s idea of a antebellum plantation. Some of that has been influenced by movies like Gone With The Wind, others inspired by places that still exist and have been preserved. One of these places boasts a stunning picture of oaks lining a carriage lane up… Continue reading A Stroll Down The Allée – Oak Alley Plantation

Battles in the East, Traveling Tidbits

Harpers Ferry – Confluence At War (Part 2)

For a summary of events in Harpers Ferry 1860 – September 1862, see HERE The landscape of Harpers Ferry was so drastically changed since pre-war times. According to Charles E. Phelps of the 7th Maryland Infantry, “Churches have become hospitals; gardens and pleasure grounds – graveyards; private residences, barracks and stables. Most of the inhabitants… Continue reading Harpers Ferry – Confluence At War (Part 2)

Battles in the East

Harper’s Ferry – Confluence at War (Part 1)

Most casual historians will recognize the name of Harper’s Ferry as “ground zero” for John Brown’s infamous raid that was designed to inspire a revolution amongst the enslaved population in America. While the raid did not fully succeed, many claim that Brown’s actions at Harper’s Ferry and his subsequent execution are the instigating factors that… Continue reading Harper’s Ferry – Confluence at War (Part 1)

Traveling Tidbits

The Coffee Mill – Eating Inside Harper’s Ferry

Just down the road from Harper’s Ferry National Park, there’s no lack of eatery places one can stop in to grab a quick bite to eat during their tour through the historic village. The Coffee Mill is one example. Coffee Mill, Harper's Ferry, WV (author photo, Aug 2019) There’s not much information available about The… Continue reading The Coffee Mill – Eating Inside Harper’s Ferry

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Cafes of NOLA

Okay, I’ll be honest that I had every intention to visit Café Dumonde in the French Quarter of New Orleans and write about my experience. However, something you must know is that I’m not always the most patient person and the minute I see a long line, I’m out. And if you intend to go… Continue reading Cafes of NOLA

Story of Slavery, Traveling Tidbits

Whitney Plantation – Telling the Story of the Enslaved

I’ve visited many plantations and historic homes in the south. They usually center their tours around the history of the home and the white families who lived in the “Big House”. There’s usually a cursory mention of the slaves, specifically how many were held in bondage to drive home the wealth and prestige of the… Continue reading Whitney Plantation – Telling the Story of the Enslaved

Traveling Tidbits

Frederick Coffee Co. & Cafe – A Hometown Coffee Hangout

If you should want a quick bite to eat or a bracing cup of joe, either before or after your visit to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, I can recommend only one café just down the street and around the corner from the museum. Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe is a casual and… Continue reading Frederick Coffee Co. & Cafe – A Hometown Coffee Hangout

Traveling Tidbits

Wag’s Restaurant – Historic Downtown Frederick’s Hidden Pub

If you time your visit to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine just right, you can have lunch or dinner at a neat place within walking distance. Wag's Restaurant (Author Photo, 2019) Wag’s Restaurant is more than a food joint in Downtown Frederick Maryland. It’s like stepping back into the old Prohibition days when… Continue reading Wag’s Restaurant – Historic Downtown Frederick’s Hidden Pub